Niederflur are back on Minus with the TYPO EP, dropping science with a quintet of class A cuts that mark another step on their evolutionary ladder. Starting out in Cologne in 1999, Christopher Bleckmann and Hannes Wenner have gradually developed from the strict musical concept of their early releases to a freer interpretation of modern minimal techno via their contributions to the min2max compilations and the DIN EP. Their live shows have also had a big influence on the final mixes here, with crowd control and response continually cracking hidden codes and revealing golden sections within their music.
The A side track TYPO features a classic melodic sequence from a twisted rave piano/organ hybrid which, as anyone familiar with their previous work knows, signals a big departure. Having almost finished an earlier prototype of the track, Christopher played the defining theme over a looping segment and in a flash of inspiration they decided to go with it, rebuilding the track around the initial breakdown and a raw, driving bass line to devastating effect. ISO is currently their favourite closing track to the live-set and represents an arrangement that's changed considerably over the course of several live performances. Setting off amid a melee of clattering hi-hats and splintered delays the twists, turns and perfect interplay between the unique sounds that follow never fail to get the crowd jumping.
LED is another favourite featuring one of Niederflur's most beloved sounds: the sine bass! The whole track is constructed around a deliciously dark bass line that bleeds through the beats and totally fills the room, working in tandem with glassy percussion efx and a sustained ufo chord that gradually turns up the pressure on your eardrums before a slow cascading motif takes centre stage.
AMP and PVC work like opposing magnetic forces. AMP is a dark, claustrophobic tunnel, shrouded in rhythmic waves and metronomic pulses that create a dense atmosphere in contrast with the sharp percussive elements at its heart. PVC on the other hand is quirky, upbeat and full of chattering digital animals that inhabit Niederflur's subterranean world - a world they first discovered while riding the Cologne U-Bahn listening to the guard's robotic voice crackling through the speakers amid the creaks, echoes and reverberations of the aging, underground architecture.